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Yale awards Honorary Doctor of Music degrees to Joseph Polisi, Ralph Stanley

Joseph Polisi

At Yale’s 313th Commencement Exercises on Monday, May 19, the University awarded honorary degrees to twelve “individuals who have achieved distinction in their fields.”

Among these awards were two Honorary Doctor of Music degrees, awarded to Joseph Polisi ’73MM ’75MMA ’80DMA, and Ralph Stanley.

Mr. Polisi, President of The Juilliard School since 1984, was recognized for his contributions to arts education. Said President Salovey upon presenting the degree:

For thirty years, you have led Juilliard, the world’s leading conservatory for professional training in music, dance, and drama. A compelling advocate for the arts, you are a gifted musician, teacher, and administrator. You have been instrumental in creating community outreach programs, bringing the arts to children in city schools, and working for curriculum reform to embrace the arts. You have used your background in international relations to further musical diplomacy in international settings and to promote the role of the arts in public discourse and experience. You are one of Yale’s own, and we are proud to award this degree of Doctor of Music.

Polisi also received the Samuel Simons Sanford Medal from the Yale School of Music in 2012. On Polisi’s selection for the honorary degree, Dean Blocker says:

Joseph Polisi has fashioned The Juilliard School into the world’s leading and best known conservatory. His leadership is admired and respected by peers throughout the world, and his gifts as a musician and author reflect his commitment  to the fine and liberal arts. President Polisi is one of the School’s most distinguished graduates, and his enduring friendship has enriched the YSM community.

Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley

Yale also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music to bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley. His citation read:

You are the patriarch of traditional mountain and bluegrass music. From the Clinch Mountains of Southwest Virginia to the concert halls of the world, you have taken a distinctly American sound and made it your own. Your music has its roots in the gospel songs of your childhood and the banjo playing you learned from your mother. The “Stanley style” of picking produces a distinctive and characteristic rhythm, and generations of singers have been influenced by your signature voice with its mournful sound and raw, emotional power. You are a living legend, and we sing your praises as we award you this degree: Doctor of Music.

As Stanley received the degree from President Salovey, the Yale Bands played the bluegrass tune “Man of Constant Sorrow,” with Prof. Thomas C. Duffy on banjo.

Published May 28, 2014
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Barbora Kolarova ’14MM, ’15AD wins second prize in International Artist Association Competition

kolarova_webViolinist Barbora Kolářová ’14MM, ’15AD was awarded second prize at the annual New York International Artist Association Competition. She will perform in the winners’ concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on June 7 of this year.

A native of the Czech Republic, Barbora Kolářová has appeared as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony, Czech National Theatre Orchestra, West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, and Limoges Orchestra. She recently performed Eleven Echoes of Autumn in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she also worked closely with the composer George Crumb. She has collaborated with Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Daniel Phillips, Jennifer Higdon, Leon Fleisher, Peter Wiley, and Pinchas Zukerman, as well as the Ying Quartet and Johannes Quartet. As an orchestra member, she has performed under Otto-Werner Mueller, Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Alan Gilbert, and Robert Spano.


Published April 29, 2014
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Christopher Cerrone ’10MMA named finalist for Pulitzer Prize

cerroneComposition graduate Christopher Cerrone ’10MMA was recently named as a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in music. John Luther Adams won the prize for his composition Become Ocean; the other finalist was John Adams, for The Gospel According to the Other Mary. 

Cerrone was recognized as a finalist for his opera Invisible Cities. The citation read, “A captivating opera based on a novel by Italo Calvino in which Marco Polo regales Kublai Khan with tales of fantastical cities, adapted into an imaginary sonic landscape.” MORE

Published April 21, 2014
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Michael Noble ’12 MM, ’14 MMA wins award to study in Belgium

noble_michaelPianist Michael Noble ’12 MM, ’14 MMA has been awarded a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. Each year, the foundation awards up to eight fellowships worth $25,000 to enable the recipient to spend one year working, performing, or researching in Belgium. The fellowships are open to all fields.

Noble will spend next year in Ghent immersed in new music: he will work with the SPECTRA and Ictus new music ensembles, and will perform both solo and collaborative contemporary music.


Published April 21, 2014
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Yale School of Music alumni receive Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Garth Neustadter '12MM

Garth Neustadter ’12MM

On March 31, 2014, the ASCAP Foundation announced the recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The program grants monetary awards to composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected by a national jury.

Yale School of Music alumni and students Christopher Cerrone ’09MM, ’10MMA; Garth Neustadter ’12MM; Brendon Randall-Myers ’14MM; and Daniel Schlosberg ’10BA, ’13MM, ’14MMA received awards. They were among 27 composers selected from nearly 630 submissions. MORE

Published April 16, 2014
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Ted Hearne awarded New Voices residency

Hearne_TedYale School of Music alumnus Ted Hearne ’08 MM, ’09 MMA was named the third annual New Voices resident composer by the San Francisco Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the publishing company Boosey & Hawkes, which all co-sponsor the position.

As resident composer, Hearne will compose a chamber piece and a symphonic score to be workshopped by the New World Symphony, a training orchestra in Miami Beach directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, in the 2014–15 season. In 2015, the works will travel to the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Thomas’ other orchestra, where they will be premiered. In addition, Hearne will work with Boosey & Hawkes in New York, taking part in what the company calls “all aspects of publishing.”

Hearne is known for his politically engaged compositions, such as The Katrina Ballads, a critique of the government response to Hurricane Katrina, and Ripple, based on the WikiLeaks scandal. He currently teaches composition at the University of Southern California. MORE

Published April 10, 2014
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YSM website nominated for Webby Award

Digital Media Center for the ArtsThe Yale School of Music’s new website was nominated for a Webby Award. The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced the nominees on Tuesday, April 8.

YSM is one of five nominees worldwide in the School/University category.

The School’s new website, which launched last September, was created through a collaboration between School of Music staff and faculty and design agency Madison Mott. View the creative team here.

All nominees compete for the web industry’s two most coveted awards: the Webby Award and the Webby People’s VoiceAward. While the Academy selects its Webby Winner in each category, every Webby Nominee also contends for a Webby People’s Voice Award as selected by the voting public. Voting is open April 8–24.  



Published April 8, 2014
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“Why Music?” video wins awards

13-090 YSM - Production StillsThe School of Music’s overture video “Why Music?” is the winner of two Internet Advertising Competition Awards. The video won Best Education Online Video and Best Music Online Video in the competition produced by the Web Marketing Association.

The awards were announced today on the Web Marketing Association’s website. Austin Kase ’11 BA, the School of Music’s video producer, wrote and directed the video. WATCH

The Internet Advertising Competition awards recognize excellence in online advertising. Entries compete head-to-head with other entries in their specific category, and are judged based on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, use of the medium, and memorability.

View the list of winners in this year’s online video categories hereMORE

Published April 3, 2014
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Alumna Sarah Kirkland Snider wins DSO Female Composers’ Award

sarah-kirkland-sniderSarah Kirkland Snider ’05 MM, ’06 AD has been awarded the seventh annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Snider, who was chosen from applicants worldwide, will compose a new work that will be given its premiere in the 2015–16 season. In addition to concerts presenting her work, Snider will receive a $10,000 prize and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an artist’s retreat in northern Wyoming.

“I am elated and immensely honored to receive the DSO’s Elaine Lebenbom Commission,” said Snider. “The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras, with an incredible legacy of artistic excellence. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to create a new work for these extraordinary musicians.”

Snider was chosen by a jury comprised of composer Evan Chambers and three DSO musicians: Johanna Yarbrough, horn; Joe Becker, principal percussion; and Marcus Schoon, contrabassoon. MORE

Published March 31, 2014
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